Also open thread.
I wonder why this is the strategy these brave radicals have chosen: What does classic art have to do with "raising awareness" of climate change? Why don't they hurl filth at oil co. headquarters & execs? Why don't they attack Wall St or City Hall etc, where actual decisions on policy are made? What is the connection bw art & the climate?
I think first is simple cowardice: Klimt or his work can't punch back, and the security guards at your average museum aren't exactly trained assassins. But also what these works represent is Beauty, individual skill and talent, and most importantly, transcendence, which paradoxically takes us out of ourselves but also links us to each other through a shared experience of the sacred and eternal.
I think this gets more to the heart of why these obviously miserable children have chosen artwork as what needs to be befouled and destroyed to "raise awareness" (of themselves): they need to destroy what they could never create, and just like so many radicals throughout history, what they really most desire is for the rest of us to be as miserable and hate-filled as they are. And I guess that's why our cultural heritage must be attacked: if they can't experience joy, gratitude, transcendence, etc, then none of us should either.
These acts are an assault on all of us, on the best and most beautiful parts of humanity and human history, and they should not be excused for either the youth of the perpetrators or that age-old Get out of Jail Free Card: they were doing it for a good cause.
These children need a nice stiff jail term.
Children play-acting at doing something meaningful to "help" -- while all around them are actual atrocities playing out in real-time.
Tough times are coming. Then nobody will have time to worry about gluing themselves to artwork OR talking about the people who did.
"...to what degree our climate Taliban are justified in their fear of the beauty, discipline and the strength that remains in our world."
Eugy, you KING.
And of course, most of the hucksters currently torturing the world beyond recognition are gripped by the same fear of the beautiful, the disciplined, and the strong. Also, as a natural redhead, I ADORE Klimt, so EFF those CVNTS.
Terrorist criminals. Getty should be charged (and fined) as a funding accomplice.
If you got together a group of people to brainstorm ideas on how to make the public hate you and whatever cause you were supposedly fighting for, it's hard to think of better ideas than things like blocking traffic and vandalizing museum artworks.
This seems to me like the most extreme case of useful idiots ever, manipulated to mistakenly sabotage their own cause. Hearing that an oil heiress is funding them is beyond parody, and I don't care what she claims her views are.
Idiots searching for ‘meaning’ in life
These misguided western culture, if not all culture haters are all young, easily persuaded useful idiots. The grownups who are abusing them and setting them up as living martyrs should be labeled as child abusers and removed from society.
I rather liked the response of the folks at the Volkswagen factory/museum. If they like glue so much, just leave them alone for a day or two! Then maybe take them to jail, and glue them to the jail cell. The story is in Daily Mail, among other sites.
Hah did anyone check paint? Many are derived from petroleum. And what about dyes in their clothes? And did they make clothes themselves? Think not. And How did they get to museum? When I get lectured on electric vehicles , I say I am waiting until they are slavery free/environmentally friendly before getting. That usually quiets the sanctimonious beasts
There is still beauty and strength in the Western canon: look at Caravaggios's 'The Taking of Christ' and you see what small men these weakling vandals are.
There's an element of narcissism to this vandalism. "LOOK AT ME!" "I AM RIGHTEOUS!"
(It follows the narcissism of the "transgender" movement.)
I still think the vandals should be allowed to glue themselves to the wall, the floor, whatever--and leave them there for a few days with no food, no water, no bathroom, etc.
I was in Vienna over the weekend. And I flew there and back to Berlin. So I was reminded of the airport security experience at the time when this story broke. It’s getting to the point where if this type of shouty, messy and iconoclastic activism doesn’t stop, we will have airport departure level security just to enter an art museum. And who wants that? Or, is that the end game?
It takes petroleum products to make that glue. Hippocrits. (ooops. Need an edit. "Hypocrites"--nothing against hippos here.)
Of course he has a man bun.
"FOSSIL FUELS ARE MAKING THE EARTH TOO HOT, BUT I MEAN NOT JUST WHEN YOU BURN THEM BECAUSE OF COURSE THEN, BUT ALSO LATER ON TOO OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT & EVERYONE MUST LISTEN TO ME AND MUST NOT IGNORE ME - ESPECIALLY YOU DAD, AND WHY DID YOU LOVE OUR GOLDEN RETRIEVER MORE THAN ME, OF COURSE HE LISTENED BETTER AND DIDN'T TALK SO MUCH - IT'S A DOG, AND WHY AM I UNWORTHY OF LOVE, BUT ALSO DON'T MESS WITH MY TRUST FUND OR I WILL TELL MOM"